This is house number 4 in the 12" x 12" category. I did this without any pre-planning or sketching. As it started, I started thinking about making it a ship captain's house, complete with widows walk at the top. As I build each of these houses, I create a story for each one. Crazy? No, just a quilter with a big imagination. I am thinking of adding some salmon to the stream.
Have you read Quilt Mania? It is a beautiful magazine published in France. I found it last summer and have become a big fan. The pages are filled with quilts from shows around the world. There are a few patterns, but mostly it is just eye candy. In the Sept/Oct issue, there was part 1 of a house quilt created by Joe Wood. He is the owner of Thimble Creek Quilt Shop. Then, in the next issue came part 2. Each house has a mini quilt side. In the middle of the night, I woke up with a vision for a house quilt using a big house with mini quilts on the porch railings surrounded by rows of very small houses. I have seen the tiny 3" houses all over the blogosphere lately, but I decided on 4".
I did the sketch, got the measurements, and cut the fabric. I was not thrilled with the outcome. I decided it would be better if it was foundation pieced. I took the time to create foundation pieces for all 120 houses I need. I drew the pattern for the big house I want to use. This quilt will take a while, and I really have no business adding another project to the already long list, but I am pretty excited about it. The added bonus is that it will use scraps.
I need to buckle down and get projects done that have January deadlines. Maybe tomorrow.
Joyful quilting, everyone.